Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Lei Qian

PhD Research Student

Phone: 33842
Room: Driving SIM 238
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety



  • 10/2014-present PhD Research Student, Institute of Transport Studies,University of Leeds
  • 09/2013–09/2014 MSc (Eng) in Control Systems,University of Sheffield



10/2014-present PSI Theme 3 Driving Simulation: Driver Modelling


  • Background: University of Leeds in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Programme for Simulation Innovation (PSI). PSI is a five year strategic research collaboration, funded by EPSRC and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), to develop capabilities in advanced simulation to support the vehicle design process, reducing the reliance on physical prototypes.


  • Role in PSI: To evaluate drive cycle better, JLR must input the behavioral characteristics of a driver as an independent model in typical simulations of vehicle systems. Such human-centred driver models are often considered at three hierarchical and distinct levels of the driving task. The highest strategic level outlining the process of route choice, the middle tactical level concerning the planning of specific manoeuvres best to achieve the chosen route and the lowest control level depicting the closed-loop control of vehicle inputs required to action these manoeuvres. The fundamental Theme 3 basis driving tasks (e.g. slalom, obstacle avoidance, lane change, controlled stopping) occur at the control level.
    a) The development of perceptual models to describe tactical level driving tasks.
    b) On both open and closed road circuits, to perform evaluations of JLR test drivers undergoing such tactical level tasks in order to evaluate the accuracy of the perceptual models.
    c) To perform complementary simulator studies to evaluate the effect of simulator characteristics on this mapping.
    d) To consider how this mapping is affected by other demographics such as age or skill-level.
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